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Orange County CBI joins forces to stop the minimum wage increase as proposed.

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For Further Information, contact Dennis Barnett, 914-309-3076

Orange County, NY Center of Business Innovation joined forces on March 8 at the State Capital to advocate against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage within five years.  Others who attended include small business owners, nonprofit organizations, and government officials from across the state.

The 66% increase, which will be phased in by 2021, may result in several negative consequences such as: reducing the amount of hours each employee works; terminating positions; and a decrease in support for local community and non-profit organizations.  Raising the minimum wage will also force businesses out of state, and entrepreneurs might not consider New York for their new ventures because of workforce costs.

CBI representatives also advocated against the paid Family Medical Leave Act as proposed currently by the New York State Assembly. If passed, this new legislation will enable all workers to take 12 weeks of paid leave per year after only working four consecutive weeks. The law will instigate several negative impacts on employers, including reductions in productivity.

A recent survey conducted by CBI shows that 78% of business owners in the region oppose the $15 minimum wage, and 83% oppose the paid Family Medical Leave Act.

To join a campaign supported by a coalition of organizations that oppose increasing New York State’s minimum wage to $15, visit

The Center of Business Innovation is a membership-based organization designed solely to improve the business climate in Orange County. Its mission is to meet the ever-changing needs of the Orange County business community through improved advocacy, comprehensive economic development and progressive business integration. It speaks with a strong, unified and pioneering voice to ensure vibrant economic success. For more information, visit

Visit the following links to read more information about the advocacy efforts against Gov. Guomo’s purposed legislation.

Min Wage opponents: We’re not on Wall Street
Albany Times Union Capitol Confidential blog

Business Groups Want Formal Minimum Wage Position From Senate GOP
TWC State of Politics blog

Opponents of $15 minimum wage rally in Albany (VIDEO)
WNYT – Channel 13 (NBC Affiliate)